Definition of knockabout
1 : suitable for rough use knockabout clothing
2a : being noisy and rough : boisterous knockabout gamesb : characterized by boisterous antics and often extravagant burlesque knockabout comedy
3 of a sailing vessel : having a simplified rig marked by absence of bowsprit and topmast a knockabout sloop
Examples of knockabout in a Sentence
He lived a knockabout life in the city.
a knockabout game of football in the mud
Recent Examples of knockabout from the Web
Though thematically vague, thinly plotted and without a reliably sympathetic soul to cling to, the movie has a mutinous energy and an absurd, knockabout charm; even its violence is more quirky than brutal.
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First Known Use of knockabout
KNOCKABOUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of knockabout for English Language Learners
: noisy or rough often in a silly or amusing way
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